Abstract

A single-frequency diode-pumped Q-switched Er, Yb:phosphate glass laser that oscillates at an eye-safe 1.54μm wavelength has been developed for use in coherent Doppler lidar. A maximum TEM00mode Q-switched output energy of 10.9  mJ and a relatively long pulse width of 228  ns were obtained at a repetition rate of 15  Hz by use of a modified 2-m-long telescopic cavity. Frequency stability of as high as ±1.9MHz standard deviation and a side-mode suppression ratio of more than 30  dB were also achieved.

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Configuration of a developed pumping module composed of two pumping heads, which realizes high-intensity pumping for Er, Yb:glass laser material.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Schematic diagram of the flat–flat symmetrical telescopic cavity. QWP, quarter-wave plate; EO, electro-optic. See text for definitions.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Schematic diagram of the developed single-frequency diode-pumped Q–switched Er, Yb:glass laser. PZT, piezoelectric transducer. See text for other definitions.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

TEM00-mode laser output at the wavelength of 1.54 μm as a function of laser diode output power for free-running operation (open squares) and Q-switched operation (filled squares).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

10-min history of the beat spectra that were obtained by means of a Fourier transform of the beat signal between the pulsed laser output and the seeded light (a) without and (b) with the cavity-length control.

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